by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 17, 2016

The 330-room Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in Virginia is now managed by Benchmark Hospitality International. The property, which has been part of Hilton Hotels & Resorts under the DoubleTree brand, is being upgraded and will become a Curio - A Collection by Hilton hotel by the end of this month.

"Our team is honored and excited for the opportunity to enhance and build upon the tremendous success that the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center has enjoyed throughout the past 20 years," said Alex Cabañas, chief executive officer of Benchmark Hospitality International. "Joining Benchmark Resorts & Hotels, and becoming a part of the Curio - A Collection by Hilton, brings additional resources and opportunities to better serve our guests here in southwest Virginia, and to leverage Benchmark's partnership with Hotel Roanoke's sister property, the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, as well as the Pete Dye River [Golf] Course of Virginia Tech."

The Hotel Roanoke, a member of the International Association of Conference Centres, was built in 1882 by the Norfolk and Western Railway and offers 63,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 170-seat amphitheater, two boardrooms and two grand ballrooms. Renovations and upgrades are under way on the meeting space and guest rooms, to be completed this July. Among the 19 suites, the Governor's suite reigns as the penthouse, with a private elevator, dining room and terrace offering views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A private executive floor features a concierge, complimentary Continental breakfast and evening cocktails in the renovated lounge.

Guest-room amenities include free Wi-Fi and hard-wired Internet access, new RFID "Straight to Room" door locks, ergonomic desk chairs and complimentary printing from the guest rooms to the front desk. The hotel also has 16 PURE Allergy Friendly rooms. 

Fine dining is available at the Regency Room, which serves fare with French and Old South influences; more casual food is served at the Pine Room Pub, which was an Officers Club during World War II.